Did it ever occur to you how difficult it is to navigate the streets of Hartford, East Hartford or even West Hartford on foot? You’re not alone. In fact, a new report by the nation’s largest transportation reform coalition lists the three-municipality area as the most dangerous for pedestrians in New England and behind only Buffalo-Niagara Falls in the entire Northeast.
Transportation for America recently released its new report, “Dangerous by Design”—a study of trends in pedestrian safety, including a list of the most dangerous metro areas for those on foot. In a list dotted with areas where retired persons live, Hartford-East Hartford-West Hartford ranked 37th worst which puts it “tops” (or worst) in New England.
According to Transportation for America, the three municipalities saw 135 pedestrian deaths from 2000 to 2009 with 2.4-percent of its workers walking to work. That adds up to a “Pedestrian Danger Index” of 47.9.
See the report, its rankings and all its recommendations for an improved, updated and safer transportation system in the United States.